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When trying to use Automatic Replies in Outlook 2010, all users get message "Your automatic reply settings cannot be displayed because the server is currently unavailable. Try again later."

Troubleshooting I've done so far:
•      Installed Exchange update SP4 rollup.
•      Ran Test E-mail AutoConfiguration successfully and confirmed that I could reach both OOF URL’s after authentication.
•      Ran Office repair on local machine.
•      Ensured an A record in DNS called autodiscover  is pointing to my exchange server.

NOTE: users can use the OOF when accessing email via the OWA\webmail page.

Any ideas or what other troubleshooting I can do?
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by:scriven_j
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Are you also missing Free / Busy information?

Sounds like the Availability Service is not configured properly.  These links might help:-

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2007/management-administration/configuring-outlook-2007-exchange-server-2007.html

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff597979(EXCHG.80).aspx
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This also might help with troubleshooting if you don't get anywhere.  Relates to Exchange 2010, but essentially the same on Exchange 2007.

http://geekswithblogs.net/BWCA/archive/2011/03/24/exchange-2010-troubleshooting-ndash-out-of-office-reply-issue.aspx
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Post back here and let us know how you get on.
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OK so I turned on logging and checked the log after I clicked on the Out of Office.
I think the issue is that the credentials are not being passed through to the exchange server.
If I go to https://servername.domain.local/ews.exchange.asmx using IE, I get prompted for my username and password and after entering these, I get through.
Here is part of the log:
2011/09/05 10:51:25.131: Sending request

2011/09/05 10:51:25.156: Request sent

2011/09/05 10:51:25.170: Response error code: 0x0

2011/09/05 10:51:25.183: HTTP status code: 500

2011/09/05 10:51:25.187: -------------------------------

2011/09/05 10:51:25.191: There is an error in request/response.
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Please could you provide some more information about your set-up.  How many Exchange servers and what roles doe they have.  How do the Outlook clients access the CAS.  Directly or through a proxy (ISA etc).  Has this ever worked?  Are you in a transition from Exchange 2003?

The information so far indicates a problem with the configuration of Exchange / IIS.  Go through the tests on here and see if they give you any additional information about what is configured incorrectly:-

http://www.testexchangeconnectivity.com/

This only runs tests from outside the network, so might not work if your clients are all internal and not using Outlook Anywhere.

If this is a new install, then have a look at these links to check things are set-up correctly:-

http://blog.chrislehr.com/2011/02/unknown-500-autodiscover-and-rpc-errors.html

http://www.msdigest.net/2011/01/exchange-2010-outlook-anywhere-not-working-and-getting-http-500-response-error/

Both relate to Exchange 2010, but essentially 2007 is the same.

If not a new install, then has it ever worked?  What has changed recently?
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Just about to sign off for the day, but have a gut feeling you're going to come and tell me you are running ISA server, if you are then check it is configured correctly:-

http://www.shudnow.net/2007/07/15/publishing-exchange-2007-autodisover-in-isa-2006/

If not then I'll respond when next online!
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by:bermudahs
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We have a single exchange server and no ISA server.  This issue has potentionally been around on this server for a few months, I'm not 100% sure when it started.  This is not a new install.
I'm thinking it has also may have something to do with the certificates?
All users use Outlook 2010 within the office to connect, but when the users are not in the office they use OWA and are able to set the out of office without any problem.
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Could be, although I would have expected you to have other problems if there were certificate issues.  Have you configured a UCC / SAN certificate and added all the different names for the Exchange server (including NETBIOS names) and assigned all the Exchange services to the certificate? (post back if you need detail)

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Another strange thing that is occuring is that if an email is opened and I click on the senders name up in the "From" field, outlook freezes and then reboots.
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That IS strange.  Have you checked the certificates etc as previously suggested?  Senders name thing sounds like an Outlook bug, but could be caused by an underlying problem with the GAL/OAB.  I'd focus on the certificate first though. (post back if you need detail)
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by:bermudahs
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So I think there may be several issues at hand here.  If I start outlook in safe mode we don't experience any of the freezes\reboots.  We still though are unable to open the out of office, even in safe mode.
@ scriven can you elaborate on your comment about configuring a UCC / SAN certificate?
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You would have set-up a certificate for SSL.  This should be a UCC / SAN certificate.  This is a special type of certificate which allows you to have multiple names certified for the same server.

If you go to Exchange Management Shell and type:-

get-exchangecertificate | fl

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it will show you the certificate that you are currently using.  Check that it is in date (self-certified certificates only last for a year and then have to be renewed).  Also under the certified domains section, you would expect it to list all the different aliases that relate to your exchange box.

e.g. exchange.domain.com, exchange, exchange.domain.local, autodiscover.domain.com etc etc.

These links go into more detail on this topic including renewing a self-signed certificate.

http://exchangeinbox.com/article.aspx?i=126

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2007/management-administration/managing-exchange-certificates.html

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Certificate looks good and is valide with all the expected aliases for domain.com, domain.local, autodiscover.domain.com, servername.
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The plot thickens....

Can you run these tests and post results here please:-

Hold down CTRL + Right Click Outlook icon in system tray

Choose 'Test email autoconfiguration'

Uncheck 'Use Guessmart' and 'Secure Guessmart Authentication

Click on 'Test'

Please post the results from all three tabs here. (Results, Logs, XML)

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Please see attachment for results.
results.docx
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OK - that all looks normal.

There must be some problem with your EWS directory, maybe security?

If I navigate to my EWS directory directly:-

https://CAS_SERVER.DOMAIN.local/ews/exchange.asmx

It just goes straight in using the credentials I am logged in with, but you said that yours asks for a username and password.  This is the only difference I am seeing in my working configuration and yours.

Can you check that the Web Services is set up correctly in IIS.

From EMS type

Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory

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Check it is set to https://CAS_SERVER.DOMAIN.local/ews/exchange.asmx

If not, the command is:-

Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory <CAS2010>\EWS* -ExternalURL https://CAS_SERVER.DOMAIN.local/ews/exchange.asmx

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You can also check the security in IIS.

Open IIS, CAS_SERVER, Sites, Desfault Website, EWS and click on Edit Permissions in the Actions pane.

Go to the security tab and check that Authenticated Users have Read permissions.
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by:scriven_j
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Second code snippet should read <CAS2007> - the name of your server, basically (sorry - I am on 2010 and so keep giving you 2010 references!)

Also in IIS, from the EWS folder, double click on Authentication.

Should have Anonymous and Windows authentication enabled.
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by:bermudahs
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OK so I did the first step and confirmed that that the InternalUrl is listed as https://SERVERNAME.DOMAIN.local/EWS/Exchange.asmx.
I checked and confirmed that Authenticated Users have Read permissions.
I then went to check the Authentication and it was set correctly.  Just for the heck of it, I decided to retype the password and after doing so, now when I go to https://SERVERNAME.DOMAIN.local/EWS/Exchange.asmx I am no longer prompted for a username\password.  I then closed my outlook and relaunched it, but I still unable to open out of office.
I think we are making progress.....
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by:bermudahs
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OK take that back...it worked a couple times, but now i'm getting an HTTP 403 Forbidden - The website declined to show this webpage
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by:bermudahs
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Strange - may be a timing issue or something as it seems very intermitent that sometimes I can access the page and other times I can't.  I've now accessed the page after unchecking "enable anonymous access"?
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by:bermudahs
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DISREGARD WHAT I STATED ABOVE
I think I see what the problem is - when enable anonymous access is UNCHECKED and I go to "https://server.domain.local/ews/exchange.asmx" I get prompted for a username\password.  When the popup box appears and I enter domain\administrator and the password it goes through without any problems.  But if the enable anonymous access is CHECKED and I have entered the same username as domain\administrator and the same password, when I go to the "https://servername.domain.local/ews/exchange.asmx", I don't get prompted, but I now get "The website declined to show this webpage - http 403 forbidden"
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Is Windows Authentication enabled as well? (both need to be).

Might be worth a reboot once you have enabled them both. (or at the very least an IISRESET and restart System Attendant) - (both Exchange and IIS can be funny like that)
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Yes both are enabled.  I've attached a screenshot.
9-13-2011-1-50-51-PM.png
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I found this article which is exactly what's happening in my situation. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/exchangesvrclients/thread/7dfdbc80-8a65-447a-be38-3f4ec5379927/#page:2
Maybe it has something to do with my .NET or I'm needing to install an update or uninstall an update.
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Looks from your screenshot like IIS6 (Windows 2003) - I had assumed 2008.

Turn off Basic Authentication.

Use the IUSER_Servername account for anonymous access, not the admin account.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324274

The anonymous access will always get tried first and I think this is the problem.

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by:bermudahs
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I did notice that other sites such as Autodiscover and owa are using that same account.
Problem is that I don't know the password for that account (i've inheritied this system from another individual)
I should also note that when I run test-outlookwebservices that I get an error.  I've attached the screenshot.
9-13-2011-4-10-14-PM.png
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by:bermudahs
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CORRECTION: the other sites are not using anonymous access as it is unchecked for all of them and they are using "intergrated windows authentication" and "basic authentication"
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Do you mean the IUSER account password?  You shouldn't need that.  It's built into IIS.

I would remove Basic Authentication, run IISRESET, then add basic authentication again, add IISRESET and hopefully it'll add that user in automatically.
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If that doesn't work, then you can find out the password using the IIS Resource Kit

http://blog.rafelo.com/2009/01/retrieve-iusr-anonymous-password-using.html
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by:bermudahs
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GOOD NEWS: everything is working now!  I uninstalled a hotfix for .NET and ran windows update and it installed the latest patch for .NET and this seems to have resolved all issues.
I appreciate your help!
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That's really good news.  Can you post details of the hotfix to help others that might have the same problems?

Thanks!
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